Discovery, and the larger Southerly yachts tend to be deck saloons. This suits us very well since in our cruising area it’s often nice to be in the saloon, warm and dry and still able to feel part of our surrounds when outside the weather is not so great. The Revelation 48 is a lowered saloon version of the yacht that is now available with the first boat ordered.
Whats the difference? Well in a true deck saloon the compromise is that the accommodation has to be arranged inside or between the decks so that when sitting you can see out, whereas with a lower saloon the furniture can be pushed further out, leaving more of the yachts beam for living space. Typically there will be more levels and steps with a raised saloon, whereas a single cabin sole level can be achieved with a lower saloon. Stowage behind the seating and under the saloon floor will of course be different as well. A lower saloon will typically have a more open feel below largely due to a wider floorspace along the centreline, and with some designs headroom may well be greater which will create a more voluminous and airy feel.
From the outside the only giveaway that the Revelation 480 has a lowered saloon is that the hull port layout is different being optimised for the different accommodation. Heres a render of the first Revelation 480 note the vertical hull ports at the middle of the boat which will correspond with the saloon seating to give plenty of light and a nice view!
As for the inside the following drawings illustrate the effect of the two arrangements to the accommodation. These are firstly of the Southerly 480 raised saloon with owners suite forward. The next is the equivalent Revelation 480 with lowered saloon and then the standard Revelation 480 3 cabin layout. You can certainly see the difference in the living space.
Lastly here’s the arrangement designed for the first Revelation, this one has a custom owners suite forward, I dare say at some point someone will ask to investigate a twin aft cabin layout with this forecabin!
So it is, as always, a matter of personal preference. For us our normal cruising grounds stowage and tank capacities were the determining factors, but it is helpful to see different versions of the same boat so that you can then accurately quantify how that difference will impact your life on board. Of course for the prospective owner working with their chosen builder to develop a custom version of a standard boat is a great opportunity.